Question special

Without technological fixes, we often rely on patients themselves to be the link between their hospital team and their PCP. In the long-term, this is an unfair burden and a weak link that we should work around. But in the short-term, this may represent an untapped opportunity to address the communication problem. How can we educate and empower more patients to notify their PCP of their admission and advocate that they be involved in their care? If patients create a demand for better communication, would health systems or hospitalist groups be more likely to act on this issue?